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Carl -- everyone's favorite throwaway non-entity -- began life in the pages of my book Understanding Comics. When I wanted to try some experimental interactive comics, Carl seemed game, so I exhumed the little bugger and got to work.
Original Recipe Carl (left)
The original Carl strip from page 84 of Understanding Comics with variable length control. (July, 1998).
Choose Your Own Carl (right)
See how more than 1,000 readers, over the course of more than 2 years, helped participate in the creation of a LIFE! A very inane and pointless life perhaps, but a life nonetheless (completed February 25, 2001).